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Harlow Playhouse to receive £263,449 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Entertainment / Fri 2nd Apr 2021 at 08:19am


HARLOW Playhouse among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

This award will help Harlow Playhouse to remain a valuable and viable asset of great cultural significance to the community.


Harlow Playhouse has received a grant of £263,449 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Harlow Playhouse in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Harlow Playhouse has a vision to be the Cultural Heart of Harlow for all, we use our cultural hub as a safe space to bring people together in an inclusive way to support well-being across the community.

This funding not only ensures that the theatre remains a viable option for the community, but also helps the organisation to deliver its vision, into its 50th year and beyond.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Artistic and Executive Director, Rory Davies said: “I am relieved that Harlow Playhouse has been successful in achieving the full requested funding from round 2 of the Cultural Recovery Fund. Harlow Playhouse is an important asset to Harlow and its community. This funding will ensure that Harlow Playhouse remains a viable option for the authority, as well as ensuring we can remain the cultural heart of Harlow for all.

Harlow Playhouse is a cultural venue where people come together to feel safe, receiving this important funding means that, the community of Harlow will still be able to access such a significant asset on their doorstep.

We see Harlow Playhouse turn 50 this year, I am delighted that we are going to be able to reopen to celebrate this occasion. I hope our 50th year and the next 50 years see old faces return and new faces arrive through our doors into this wonderful cultural hub!

The remarkable team and I here at Harlow Playhouse will ensure we remain here to support and provide for our community. We cannot wait to get back open as soon as the restrictions allow, and we look forward to welcoming our patrons back to the theatre! WE MAKE THE MAGIC!

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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